Five College Archives and Manuscript
Home >> Mount Holyoke College Archives & Special Collections >> Friedline Papers, ca. 1911-ca. 1943 (bulk 1926)
Mount Holyoke College seal
Friedline Papers, ca. 1911-ca. 1943 (Bulk: 1926)
1 box (2.5 linear in.)
Collection number: MS 0819 (LD 7096.6 x1890 Williams)

Friedline, Jessie May Williams Freeman, 1870-1943; Mount Holyoke Female Seminary student 1886-1887. Papers consist of a journal, a published article and biographical information, primarily concerning a summer visit to Mount Holyoke College in 1926.

Terms of Access and Use:


Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections

Biographical Note

Jessie May Williams was born on November 5, 1870 in Saltlick Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania to Thomas Jones Williams and Louisa Rumiser Williams. She attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in 1886-1887 then studied at schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio. She obtained a teacher's certificate and taught in Pennsylvania. She also served as the first female Justice of the Peace in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. She married the Reverend Albert Freeman in 1893 and had two children. After his death in 1896 she married Edward Jacob Friedline, a farmer and carpenter, and had three children. She died at the age of seventy-two at Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania on July 27, 1943 (some sources give the year as 1941).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jessie May Williams F. Friedline Papers consist of a journal, a published article and biographical information. The papers primarily concern her visit to Mount Holyoke College in 1926 after an absence of forty years. In a journal that she kept during that trip she describes her journey to and from South Hadley, Massachusetts, time spent visiting former teachers Anna C. Edwards and Henrietta Edgecomb Hooker, and tours of College's buildings and grounds. She also describes the scenery and flora she observed in South Hadley and nearby Holyoke, Massachusetts and on Mt. Holyoke (the mountain). In addition, she expresses her religious convictions and reminisces about her late mother Louisa Rumiser Williams, who attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary during the 1860s. An article by Friedline published in the Greensburg "Morning Review" summarizes her summer trip to Mount Holyoke College. The biographical information consists of biographical notes and obituaries.

This collection is organized into four series:

  • Journal (original)
  • Journal (photocopy)
  • Article
  • Biographical Information

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:


Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Jessie May Willliams F. Friedline Papers. Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA.

History of the Collection

Additional Information
Contact Information
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
8 Dwight Hall
50 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075

Phone: (413) 538-2013
Fax: (413) 538-2370

Email Reference Form:
Encoding funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Edwards, Anna C. (Anna Cheney), 1835-1930.
  • Friedline, Jessie May Williams F. (Jessie May Williams Freeman), 1870-1943.
  • Hooker, Henrietta Edgecomb, 1851-1929.
  • Williams, Louisa Rumiser, 1838-1917.
  • Holyoke (Mass.) - Description and travel.
  • Holyoke, Mount (Mass.)
  • Mount Holyoke College - Buildings.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Campus.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Faculty.
  • Religion.
  • South Hadley (Mass.) - Description and travel.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Women - United States - Religious life.
  • Women travelers - Massachusetts.

Genre terms
  • Diaries.

Questions about this collection? Contact the archives
Home | Help | About | Search